I apologize. I was in Palm Springs, CA for business and was unable to spend any time on my Steam backlog. I didn’t have time to do much of anything, honestly. However, I have played a few more games and I’m ready to talk about them.
Game #10: King Arthur’s Gold
I wanted this game forever. It finally went on Steam sale, so I bought it. From the videos I watched about the game, I hoped it would be a spiritual successor to King Arthur’s World. The graphics are a spot-on rendition of the old SNES game, but I have to report that this game is NOT related to King Arthur’s World in any other way.
The controls are super janky with a point-to-aim and WASD keyboard movement while also hitting tons of random other buttons to time everything just right. The preview videos showed what looked like an open-world game where you could wander around with your troops and have them do different things like collecting rocks or building walls while you adventure ever onward. This is not the game I experienced. It took about 45 minutes to get through the tutorial and into the real game. The tutorial was fine and I bumbled through it fairly well, but some of the controls, as I said, were not conducive to the playstyle I’m used to. Once I opened up the real game and understood what happened, I fell into a deep malaise. The game is online play with other people. As some of you may have noticed, I’m not a huge fan of this (which is why the result of The Division’s Dark Zone PvP is so amusing: nobody wants to be a bad guy when playing online with others). So, I attempted a single-player mission where I quickly discovered you are in charge of only one single character. You can’t switch, and once you’re dead, the level is over and you failed. The single-player missions are all timed, and you must accomplish one of several tasks. The tasks ranged from ‘Get to the finish’ and ‘Kill everyone’, to ‘Destroy an object’ and ‘Capture the Flag’. None of these are my game. I wanted to build a castle while commanding hordes of characters to do my bidding. In the hour I played, I never found this option, and the world is a sadder place.
Game # 11: Adventure Time: Finn & Jake Investigations
I love Adventure Time, but I have yet to play an Adventure Time game that I enjoyed. This is still the case, but at least I didn’t absolutely hate this game. The graphics are 3D, and the controls are a little iffy. The tutorial system is atrocious, so try and stay away from that. During the tutorial, they never actually say what buttons do what, so the combat was completely alien the first time (even after listening to the tutorial). The game is a little long-winded at times, and the going back-and-forth aspect is a little dated. The game hearkened back to the old King’s Quest point-and-click adventure games, which was pretty cool. It sounded like they licensed the real voice actors and music for the game, which added a squee factor. However, after one hour, I really had no idea what the point was, what my quest was, or how to actually combat anyone. I received treasure, I guess, for defeating warriors in combat, but I don’t know where that treasure went. The first ‘mystery’ I solved was done purely by accident as the game wouldn’t let me progress the normal way. I actually found the end before anything else and then had to go back and gather the necessary ingredients to activate it. If you are looking for a game to waste your time, this is the winner. You will not get anything else out of it.
In other news, my video game company was signed on by Sony as a partner, so I will have to get my rear in gear to produce the newest indie game on PS4: NeverEnding Barbarians.